Your Prayers are Changing Lives, and Villages! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 7, 2014
  • Christian Institute on Disability, Wheels For The World

Joakim and his mother, RosaRosa and her husband never expected their baby boy Joakim to be born with a disability. But because of their faith in Christ, they accepted him and loved him right from the start. “Without the Lord, we could not do this,” Rosa admits – for in developing nations like Peru, a disabled child is a source of shame, and resources for help are scarce. These parents asked God to help them care for and raise Joakim. Unbeknownst to them, God was already working to answer their prayers, through an upcoming visit from Joni and Friends. Just before its local Wheels for the World outreach, Joni and Friends hosted a pastor’s training on disability ministry, using its groundbreaking curriculum, Beyond Suffering. Word spread quickly among the pastors of this small Peruvian mountain town. By mid-week, the training room was full of pastors curious and eager to know God’s heart for those who suffer. Rosa’s pastor was one of them. Later that week, at the encouragement of their newly-trained pastor, Rosa brought Joakim to receive his first wheelchair. “Our pastor wants our church to understand and support us as we raise Joakim, so he has come to Joni and Friends’ training,” said Rosa, “We see the heart of God at work in all of us through Joni and Friends. It will change our home, our church, our community, our Peru!” Rosa and her husband have asked Christ to show them the way. And you have prayed for children like Joakim as well. God has given their little boy wheels …and empowered the Family of God to see with His eyes and love just as He does.


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